Remember Magic Shell? When I was a kid, Magic Shell was the only reason it was forgiveable that my beloved grandmother bought only vanilla ice cream. She always kept it on hand and I would cover a scoop in Magic Shell to the point where the bowl was about half ice cream and half chocolate. This would, of course, horrify my mother, but that’s what grandparents are for, right?
As an adult, I rarely let myself enjoy such decadence; the voice inside my head telling me I can’t have it. I think it may actually be my mom’s voice and for some reason, I actually listen to it (though it’s still her voice from the 80s; her pantry currently consists of a level of junk food that would boggle my 10-year-old mind). This does not make Mr. Eats happy at all, as he would gleefully eat a Willy Wonka-style diet of Nerds and chocolate bars all day every day.
So when I saw that The Chubby Vegetarian posted about homemade Magic Shell with just two ingredients, I was intrigued (and Mr. Eats was excited, to say the least). I admit I was actually dubious, but a friend donated (and delivered!) the coconut oil needed to go with the chocolate and in seconds, I had Magic Shell.
AND IT WAS GOOD.
I cannot express enough how amazing this stuff is. All I did was toss a handful of Ghirardelli chocolate chips (60% cacao) in a small glass bowl with 1/2 a tablespoon of the coconut oil and a sprinkle of sea salt and after microwaving, stirring, and pouring over my ice cream, I had a fantastic treat. That amount was plenty for two very decadent bowls of ice cream, too. The Chubby Vegetarian’s recipe would probably make 6-8 servings for conservative types. You can find his recipe here.
A couple of notes: The 60% cacao chocolate was perfect for the true Magic Shell experience. I made a milk chocolate version, too, but it was just not the same. Also, it hardens at room temperature because of the coconut oil, so you don’t have to store it in the fridge; you just have to reheat it every time you want to pour it.
And now for the part you don’t want to read (in the Grammy Eats voice): this stuff isn’t just junk food. It’s bad for you. Sure, you can use good chocolate and cocoa but it’s still roughly 1/3 coconut oil, which has just about the highest amount of saturated fat of all the vegetable oils. It has higher saturated fat than butter, but other factors make it slightly less bad than animal-derived fats. More information here. So it should definitely be just an occasional treat. Yes, this is directed at you, Mr. Eats!